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Subject: Re: [oasis-board-comment] Re: [board-agenda] Draft agenda for Board meeting, 2-3 May 2012, Paris

On 04/24/2012 09:00 AM, Peter F Brown wrote:

Hi Eduardo,

That is the “extent of it” within the formal Board agenda – but there is also a further separate event on the Friday with a range of French government public officials, talking about open standards.

Ah, my mistake perhaps, I thought that particular meeting was to discuss cloud infrastructure rather than open standards. But if it is a meeting in which Board members will participate, why not include it in the agenda so everybody knows about it? And why not take a day trip to Brussels and meet people there? As to not normally having dealings with employees of USA member companies, other groups in which I participated had dealings with many of those same people over collective phone meetings -- granted, phone is not the same as f2f, but to travel just for that makes no sense in my book. And given that OASIS has such a large European membership, why not have meetings with employees of European member companies? I'm sorry to say this, but what I see is either lack of imagination or lack of initiative. I hate being so critical, but as you very well know, I call it like I see it.

As you know, planning F2F meetings always needs to be done months in advance, so that Board members can process travel authorizations and approvals, etc., and sometimes you just have to aim and fire before being 100% certain of scoring a direct hit in terms of invited guests, themes for discussion, etc.. That said, the panel brings together EU specialists from within our community (who would not normally have dealings with the Board) as well as the European Commission, and the Board finds that useful in its own deliberations on the impact of future EU legislation on the world of standardization.

Hope this helps!





From: Eduardo Gutentag [mailto:egutentag@gmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, 24 April, 2012 08:51
To: oasis-board-comment@lists.oasis-open.org
Subject: [oasis-board-comment] Re: [board-agenda] Draft agenda for Board meeting, 2-3 May 2012, Paris


Really? A meeting in Paris just to talk to employees from IBM, HP, MS and Oracle? Ah, yes, and one Commission member!

Really? This is the best you can do?

Sounds like a wasted opportunity. And a waste of money too, if you ask me.

On 04/23/2012 09:20 PM, Peter F Brown wrote:



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